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Help families in crisis after a disaster.

A Destructive Path

Americares had emergency response teams in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded. The storm battered the Caribbean and southern Florida with destructive force, killing at least 69 people, destroying homes and businesses and leaving millions without power. In the midst of significant logistical challenges, Americares emergency teams in the Caribbean and Central and South Florida coordinated shipments of critical medicine and supplies for survivors while meeting with response and health partners to assess needs and restore health services. The recovery work continues in the Caribbean and in Florida.

Response and Recovery

In Florida, Americares worked to restore health services in storm-damaged communities across the state. Americares delivered medicine and supplies to replace any damaged by floodwaters and to meet an increased demand as people returned to their homes. Clinics in the Florida Keys, Homestead, Miami, Melbourne, Oakland Park and Orlando have received aid; Americares is also assisting a shelter for homeless youth in Fort Lauderdale. We have delivered nearly $21 million in medicine, supplies and other support, along with emergency funding to help health care facilities replace damaged medicine and supplies and execute rapid repairs not covered by insurance.

Before Hurricane Irma made landfall, Americares pre-positioned medicine in central Florida, contacted 80 partner health centers to offer help, and positioned a team in Orlando that could quickly travel to the most heavily impacted areas once the storm had passed. An Americares Emergency Response Team worked in the Florida Keys, assessing the status of partner health centers and hospitals and providing assistance.

In the Caribbean, our emergency response teams coordinated shipments of critical medicine and supplies to local health organizations in islands that have been devastated by the storms. Americares emergency shipments have reached hospitals in St. Thomas and St. Martin, two hard-hit islands. In the U.S. Virgin Islands Americares team completed an assessment of health needs and recovery work continues. Our team has worked with hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and shelters to meet emergency needs for medicine and medical supplies.

$21 million

in total aid


shipments of medicine and supplies


partner organizations receiving assistance

Our Partners for Irma Response in Florida & U.S. Virgin Islands

Our U.S. Programs partner with an extensive safety net clinic network in all 50 states and Puerto Rico that allows us to build a rapid response to a disaster and build long-term programs in support of health system restoration.  In addition, we reach out to and identify new partners during a disaster to meet immediate community needs and establish sustainable relationships for strengthening health services. All of our partners listed below receive emergency medicines and supplies. Partners listed with ** are also receiving program and project support ranging from targeted health initiatives to operational assistance.

Feeding AmericaFort Pierce
 Pembroke Park
Catholic Charities – Crossroads AllianceOcala
Archways, Inc.Fort Lauderdale
Broward Community & Family Health CentersPompano Beach
Camillus Health CenterMiami
Community Health of South Florida, Inc.Homestead
**Covenant HouseFort Lauderdale
FIU College of Medicine Mobile Health CenterDoral
Flagler County Free ClinicBunnell
Good Health Clinic, Inc.Taverner
Good News Care CenterFlorida City
Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc.Nokomis
**Grace Medical HomeOrlando
Guidance/Care Center, Inc.Marathon
Haley CenterWinter Haven
Key West Health and Rehab, Inc.Key West
Lakeland Volunteer in MedicineLakeland
Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery, Inc.Umatilla
**Light of the World clinic, Inc.Oakland Park
Lower Keys Medical CenterKey West
Neighborhood Health ClinicNaples
North Broward Hospital District D/B/A Broward HealthFort Lauderdale
**Open Door Health CenterHomestead
Redlands Christian Migrant AssociationImmokalee
Rural Health Network of Monroe CountyKey West
The Salvation ArmyFt Myers
**Samaritans Touch Care CenterSebring
North Broward Hospital DistrictFort Lauderdale
Space Coast Volunteers in MedicineViera
Sulzbacher Health CenterJacksonville
University of MiamiMiami
Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community ClinicPort Charlotte
**Volusia Volunteers in MedicineDaytona Beach
The Way Free Medical Clinic, Inc.Green Cove Springs
**WomankindKey West
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New OrleansNew Orleans
**Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands  (St. Croix)
Department of Human ServicesCharlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Department of HealthCharlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Schneider Regional Medical CenterCharlotte Amalie, U.S. VI (St. Thomas)
St. Thomas East End Medical Center CorpCharlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands (St. Thomas)
**Frederiksted Health Care, Inc. Frederiksted, United States Virgin Islands  (St. Croix)

Always Ready

Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters rapidly and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. We respond to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year and establish long-term recovery projects.

Should Americares raise funds in excess of what’s needed to respond to this particular crisis, the funds will be redirected to where the need is greatest.